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TOP School of Medicine International Student Exchange Program



International Students Exchange Program
The university has a formal association with universities abroad including Cardiff University in the UK; the Free University of Brussels in Belgium; Columbia University; the University of Hawaii and the University of Texas in the US; Shanghai Jiao Tong University and China Medical University in China; Aix-Marseille University in France; and Ewha Womans University in Korea;Taipei Medical University in Taiwan; Odessa National Medical University in Ukraine and Hacettepe University in Turkey.
          Exchange student from the Free University of Brussels


In the School of Medicine, a total of 25 students spend 4 to 8 weeks for their clinical clerkship in one of these universities each year. The counterpart medical schools also send a total of 20 students for their clinical practicum each year. In addition, some electives such as international affairs and tropical medicine are practiced in developing countries and at international health organizations. The international student exchange program in the medical school is related to the curriculum for international communication. The medical school’s English communication curriculum “I am your doctor project” was awarded for its excellence in Education (Good Practice, GP) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2005. The project aims to develop communication skills to communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds, and is now a formal curriculum.
 
Our students visiting
Hawaii Pacific University


Hospital training at the Free
University of Brussels
The School of Nursing offers four programs for international exchange. The first program involves sending several students to Alverno College in summer. The students attend classes in a broad range of fields, including nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, and human relationships, to study for two weeks together with American students as well as other international students. Our students have an opportunity to participate in clinical training and observe how nurses work in a hospital. The second program is with Hawaii Pacific University. About 20 students from our university participate in this study program every summer, attending lectures at two campuses on healthcare systems, community health, and American nursing education. There is a clinical site visit where students listen to a lecture along with a tour of a hospital to observe its activities, and a field trip to study Hawaiian culture and history. The third program is with Ewha Womans University in March, which is widely considered to be the top women's university in South Korea and currently the world's largest female educational institute. In this program, undergraduate and graduate students engage in studies with Korean students in such subjects as health assessment, transcultural nursing, traditional nursing therapy, and nursing informatics. They also visit a hospital where they observe several departments. The fourth program is held in Japan. About 25 students together with faculty members from the aforementioned universities come to visit our university for two weeks. The program consists of lectures by Japanese professors as well as American professors, two clinical site visits, interaction with our students, Japanese culture workshops, and other activities. In this way, not only students but also faculty members are able to enjoy the benefits of the international exchange program.

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